Animal Kingdom is a hugely underrated park.
It’s a beautiful place with interesting things to see, impeccable theming and some fantastic attractions.
Here’s a guide to all Animal Kingdom rides and attractions to help you decide what to do when you visit.
What rides are at Animal Kingdom?
Animal Kingdom has a total of 15 rides and live shows:
- The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
- Avatar Flight of Passage
- The Boneyard
- Conservation Station
- Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
- Feathered Friends in Flight!
- Festival of the Lion King
- Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
- It’s Tough to be a Bug!
- Kali River Rapids
- Kilimanjaro Safaris
- Meet Favorite Disney Pals at Adventurers Outpost
- Na’vi River Journey
- TriceraTop Spin
Animal Kingdom is the largest of all of the theme parks in terms of acres but has the least amount of attractions. The park icon is a big man-made tree called The Tree of Life.
As the park’s name implies, there are lots of live animal attractions here, but there are some good non-animal attractions as well (including the 2 best live shows in all of Disney World).
Let’s take a look at each section of Animal Kingdom and what attractions are located there.
Characters and Nighttime Entertainment
In addition to the attractions and shows listed below, Animal Kingdom also offers visitors lots of opportunities to see characters around the park. And while there is no nighttime show in the traditional sense, the Tree of Life Awakenings projections occur nightly and are a beautiful way to end your park day.
Animal Kingdom Map
This park is divided by continents and distinctly themed lands:
Safari vehicles that are driven by guides who really do drive (no tracks) and they are very knowledgeable about the animals. As you go, the drivers give you lots of info based on what you see along the ride and sometimes have to stop to wait for animals to clear the path.
Festival of the Lion King
This big, fun, Broadway-style show lasts for 30 minutes and is 1 of the best shows at Disney World. There is lots of music, dancing, stilt walkers and acrobats, featuring songs and stories from The Lion King.
Expedition Everest – Legend of the Forbidden Mountain
Expedition Everest is a fantastic roller coaster and one of our favorite attractions in all of Disney World. It starts off like a pretty normal coaster and then stops and goes backward before heading forward again on a thrilling ride.
Feathered Friends in Flight!
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the birds that are a part of Animal Kingdom park. This show is hosted by animal behavior specialists that highlight how the birds are trained and cared for.
Kali River Rapids
A river raft ride that has a very high chance of soaking you. The attraction itself isn’t very long, but if it is pretty fun on a hot day.
This ride takes you on a rough ride through history where you see lots of dinosaurs along the way.
Finding Nemo: The Big Blue… and Beyond!
A Broadway-style show featuring super talented performers who sing and control puppet-type versions of the characters. Really great show and we feel like it keeps getting better.
Dumbo, but with dinosaurs.
Play structure that’s great for letting little ones run around and burn off some steam.
It’s Tough to be a Bug!
This 3D show is inside of the Tree of Life and features characters from “A Bug’s Life.” As you’re looking at The Tree of Life from the front of the park, the entrance for this show is located just to the right side, near the paths that you’d take to DinoLand, U.S.A.
Rafiki’s Planet Watch
The Animation Experience at Conservation Station
Learn how to draw favorite Disney characters and villains including Simba, Zazu, Scar, Pumbaa, Timon, Hopper, Tic Toc, and others.
Wildlife Express Train
This train departs every 5-7 minutes (though lines to board the train can be lengthy) to take people to visit the Rafiki’s Planet Watch section.
Avatar Flight of Passage
Unlike any other attraction at Walt Disney World, guests mount their own “virtual banshee” to soar above the Valley of Mo’ara.
Na’vi River Journey
A gentle boat ride through the bioluminescent rain forest, complete with a spectacular encounter with a Na’vi shaman.
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